Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Family Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant is located in the middle of one of the most magnificently scenic areas in mid-Missouri. No matter what season you visit, the natural beauty is absolutely stunning. Fall is no exception, and Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina knows about a few fun things for you and the family to do while you are here. If you stay in one of our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy a lot of these.  

Pumpkin Patches
There are a couple of pumpkin patches in the lake area that offer lots of fun for people of all ages. You can get much more then just pumpkins at these attractions.  

  • Cave Pumpkin Patch
    • New to the area, this farm is located at 123 Swinging Bridges Road in Brumley, MO. It costs $6 for a day full of excitement. Activities include: a corn crib, mini golf, a duck race, a water balloon sling shot, pumpkin painting, a barrel train, hay ride, and so much more, including entrance to the cave. Concessions are available, and there are plenty of great photo opportunities. It is open on Saturdays & Sundays in October from 10 am - 5 pm. 
  • MECCA Family Farm
    • Located at 425 Delmar in Roach, MO, this farm is open Saturdays & Sundays throughout October from 10 am - 5 pm, and it's filled with fun things to do. The $5 admission fee gives you access to a big slide, the petting zoo, hay rides, a maize walk, the corn crib, and face painting, to name just some of the fun awaiting you. They also have a corn cannon that you can fire for a small additional charge, and a concession stand full of seasonal treats.    

Scenic Parks
If you like to hike and enjoy being out in the crisp fall air, then a trip to one of the many scenic parks at the Lake of the Ozarks may be a great day for you. Here are a couple that are nearby, and both are accessible by land and by water.

Ha Ha Tonka, photo form 
  • Ha Ha Tonka
    • There are tons of trails to explore in this gorgeous state park, plus the ruins of a historic stone mansion, a natural bridge, and the Ha Ha Tonka Spring. Make sure that you bring your camera, because this amazing area is something that you will want to document and share with everyone you know.    
  • Bridal Cave
    • One of the most scenic cave tours in America is located near Shorty Pants Lounge. Bridal Cave is open year-round, and during the tour you will learn all kinds of interesting geological facts, plus hear fantastic tales from the cave's past. The cave is in Thunder Mountain Park, which has many trails to explore and a fire tower that you can climb. You will also find lots of unique rocks from around the world in their gift shop, and you can even pan for treasures in their sluice. 

Halloween Fun
The lake offers quite a few Halloween activities for families. Some may be a bit scary, others are more tame, but they promise fun. You can find contact information for all of these events, plus more, at

  • The Haunted Holler - Friday-Sunday until October 31
    • A quarter-mile haunted trail in the woods 1-mile behind Hy-Vee in Osage Beach. Admission is $10, and it is recommended for ages 6 and up. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • OCTOBER 22:
  • Lake Regional Cares For Kids Festival
    • From 10 am - 1 pm in Lot B of Lake Regional Hospital, lots of fun is planned for the whole family. Free hot dogs will be served from 11 am - 1 pm, and there will be emergency vehicle tours, car seat safety checks, face & pumpkin painting, games, crafts, a costume contest, and more. The first 200 kids to arrive will be given a free Lake Regional Cares for Kids t-shirt. 
  • Halloween Bash Trick-or-Treat on the Strip
    • The historic Bagnell Dam Strip will have trick-or-treating at participating local businesses along the strip from 1-4 pm. There will also be costume contests with prize categories for both children and adults. 
  • OCTOBER 27: 
  • Hy-Vee Hallow Trick-or-Treat Maze
    • Hy-Vee's pumpkin patch in their Osage Beach parking lot will be transformed into a trick-or-treating maze from 4-7 pm. Entry is $2 per child, and this money will be donated to the Dream Factory and Wonderland Camp. 

Stay in 1 of Our 2 Rental Houses at the Lake
There are a few great weekends left this fall for you to visit the lake area, and Shorty Pants has the place for you to stay while you're here. Why rent a room when we've got entire houses available for you to enjoy? There's room for the whole family, or even a big bunch of traveling friends. 

The Glass House sleeps up to 8 comfortably, and the Red House can house up to 13 guests. Both rental houses have gorgeous decks with breathtaking lake views, grills for barbecuing if the weather allows, a washer and dryer, full kitchens, and many comforts that will make you feel right at home. If you want to get in a little fall boating, feel free to use the courtesy docks in our marina. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina are only a short distance away from these magnificent houses. 

Don't forget that Christmas will be here before you know it, and the lake area has many wonderful places to shop. Make your reservations now for one of our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses so you and a group of friends can spend a few days checking out all of the unique stores this area has to offer. We hope you have a great season, and we hope that you spend a little bit of it right here with us. 

Shorty Pants Lounge, the Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurant where you can expect a luxury, laid back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

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